Telephone and address directories are used by genealogists and historians to identify people and businesses from a particular place and era. This guide lists uncataloged directories from Latvia in the Library of Congress collection.
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Regina Frackowiak, Reference Specialist, Latin American, Caribbean and European Division
Note: This guide is adapted from an earlier version, which first appeared on the European Reading Room website in 2016.
Created: October 11, 2022
Last Updated: December 19, 2022
The Library of Congress maintains a large collection of retrospective foreign and domestic telephone directories, although most of these are not cataloged. (More specialized directories for commerce, industry and specific professions are indeed cataloged and may be identified in the Library's online catalog.)
The uncataloged directories listed in this guide reflect holdings of Latvian telephone directories prior to the year 2000.
As Russian was mandatory for many publications during Soviet rule, some of the directories are in Russian, and some even have the Latvian names written with Cyrillic letters. Each entry on the list specifies the language in which the book was printed, and the alphabet that was used for people's names. The newer directories are in standard Latvian, employing Roman letters.
Apart from telephone books which list phone numbers for all of Latvia, the Library of Congress also has specialized directories, some for example that list information for the members, staff and offices of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.